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4 hopes for Google+

I am really enjoying Google+ …. much more than I thought I would. I’m not sure if it is the excitement of starting fresh or that the setup process has been very easy? With any new system there are things you hope for, things you hope the designers get right or quickly update to make the whole experience more enjoyable.

My hopes are:

  • That the Google+  iPhone and iPad apps will be really good ( and not held up by Apple in the approval process,) The Google+ community will be limited if this becomes an Android platform only show.
  • That someone writes an API letting me connect with my current Facebook  “friends” on Google+.
  • That someone creates tool to copy my photos from Facebook into Google+.
  • That Google doesn’t lose interest in this like some other abandoned projects ( something tells me this will not be the case; I think Google is “betting the farm” on this project …hoping to increase the user’s time spent in the “Googleland” filter bubble)
In any case Google+ has been very fun! The early reports are that Google could be up to 5 million users in the first 2 weeks. That is not a bad start given that few “online ecosystems” grow that quickly with so few launch problems.
What has your experience been? Please share you thoughts and hopes!

CISO Press Release

William F. Long Jr., Director of Research and Technology for Salem Web Network, Adds Responsibilities with New Post

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 6, 2007–Salem Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:SALM), a leading U.S. radio broadcaster, Internet content provider, magazine and book publisher targeting audiences interested in Christian and family-themed content and conservative values, today announced that William F. Long Jr., director of research and technology for Salem Web Network, has been named to the additional post of chief information security officer (CISO). In this new role, Long will analyze Salem’s company-wide information security practices and will provide oversight to ensure that Salem’s digital assets are properly protected.

Ken Thunberg, director of information technology for Salem, noted that Long’s extensive experience in the industry made him the singular choice for this position. “Bill has more than 18 years of experience in the world of computers, multi-media and web applications and leads a team of talented IT support professionals. As a subject matter expert in Web Application development, Bill’s specific and comprehensive knowledge uniquely qualify him to control and monitor this very complicated information security challenge.”

Long joined Salem Web Network in 2000 as chief technology officer. He was tasked with developing and leading the IT department for the new division. Beginning with the building of SWN’s programming team and management of its various computer, software and web technology initiatives, he has been an active part of the rapid growth of the online division, which now hosts and maintains over 100 web properties, including,, and

In 2005, Long was promoted to director of technology and research to “look ahead” to new technologies that would help the company continue to innovate and expand services for the future.

In 1992, following his studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, Long founded and operated several businesses that specialized in networking, computer hardware and software integration and technology consulting. With the rise in commercial use of the Internet, he collaborated with his wife and designer to start Ad Factory, Inc., a full-service graphic design and website hosting company. By the spring of 2000 they had designed, programmed and hosted over 80 websites for businesses and ministries in the Richmond, Va., area. Long continues to reside in Richmond.

In addition to its radio properties, Salem owns Salem Radio Network(R), which syndicates talk, news and music programming to approximately 2,000 affiliates; Salem Radio Representatives(TM), a national radio advertising sales force; Salem Web Network(TM), a leading Internet provider of Christian content and online streaming; and Salem Publishing(TM), a leading publisher of Christian-themed magazines. The company owns approximately 100 radio stations, including 61 stations in 23 of the top 25 markets. Additional information about Salem may be accessed at the company’s website,

CONTACT: Salem Communications Corporation
Denise Davis, 805-987-0400 x1081

SOURCE: Salem Communications Corporation